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EPL Game-week 32 Fantrax Player Picks

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It’s a hurry up and wait kind of week! Get that lineup set, then sit back and let the lineups and action come in!

Adama Traore & Raul Jimenez - Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League
These two have been fantastic this year, and since the restart they’ve combined for two more goals. Wolves get the early lineup in a game-week with lots of rotation questions.
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Congratulations to Liverpool and their fans. That was hard to say as an Arsenal fan... but the Reds fully deserve the title.

This will be one of the more interesting game-weeks in the run-out: 10 games spread over 6 days, with a round of FA Cup smuggled in amongst them.

Just so you know, these are the teams that have FA Cup games this weekend, which I believe adds another layer of uncertainty to their lineups: Norwich vs Manchester United, Sheffield United vs Arsenal, Leicester vs Chelsea, and Newcastle vs Manchester City. I’m looking for players who are very likely to start, which is going to make this extra interesting.

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Prices are pre-update prices from NMA-blog-Yahoo11

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Goalkeepers

Rui Patrício (AVL vs WOL, $11.72): Wolves have looked strong in front of Patricio with no goals against in the last three. Aston Villa continue to struggle in front of the goal.

Mat Ryan (BHA vs MUN, $8.25): United are not the same team on the road as they are at home. Brighton have looked a team willing to fight until the end. Seven saves and no goals against in his last two.

Emilio Martinez (ARS vs NOR, $1.00): A cheap way to get into a good matchup. While Arsenal are still sorting out injuries and more, Martinez did well on Thursday, three saves and a clean sheet.

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Defenders

Matt Doherty (AVL vs WOL, $11.85): Aston Villa have really struggled going forward, while Doherty has really loved it. Wolves haven’t been scored on since the restart. Center back Willy Boly ($5.76) is a cheaper option with consistent numbers and always a chance for a goal off a set piece.

Marcos Alonso (WHU vs CHE, 7.86): Chelsea have won back to back games, West Ham have lost two without scoring. Alonso is cheaper than Cesar Azpilicueta ($14.34), but there are rotation concerns. Alonso gets forward... a lot, and as you know, is capable of big games.

Matt Ritchie (BOU vs NEW, $4.32): Again... good numbers mid week and Bournemouth has not scored since the restart. Worse, the Cherries will be without Callum Wilson (10 yellow cards). Ritchie came off early with minor injury, so check on updates as you can, but if he’s healthy he is the set piece taker.

Jack Robinson (SHU vs TOT, $1.00): Sheffield have not been in form, shipping six goals in two games, but the youngster has played well and managed positive outputs in both games. It’s not a great matchup, but the price is right.

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Midfielders

Jack Grealish (AVL vs WOL, $21.02) He was fouled nine times two games ago and “just” four last game. He’s Villa’s lone bright spot. Even with John McGinn back, Grealish continues to take most of the set pieces. We get the lineups for this game and I assume he will be there.

James Ward-Prowse (WAT vs SOU, $16.17) I’m looking for players whom I’m pretty sure make the starting 11 this week. JWP is one of them. Watford isn’t the best defense in the league, but JWP has a high floor and higher ceiling. Nathan Redmond is a cheaper option ($8.71) who also looks good after his return but is more reliant on goals and assists.

Willian (WHU vs CHE, $15.71) There is a rotation risk here, but Willian has been his usual active self. He’s creating chances and is now taking penalties, which could be a nice bonus.

Bruno Fernandes (BHA vs MUN, 6.02) I’m guessing you already have him in your Fantrax side, and you’re keeping him. If you don’t, he’s still worth buying at retail. In case you still need convincing, he has played seven games in the EPL and had a goal or assist in five of them. Paul Pogba ($2.75) is another option; while his points didn’t show it, he did look decent coming back with a few moments of excellence.

Phil Foden (MCI vs LIV, $3.40) Three goals in two games for the Citizens, and I think Pep is looking to give him good playing time. I’m not sure we can expect that sort of output against Liverpool, but I think he’s worth a look.

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Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS vs NOR, $19.05): He hasn’t scored in four games, even though the shots are there. Woeful Norwich could be the elixir he needs to bounce back.

Raul Jimenez. (AVL vs WOL, $17.94) Two straight goals for Raul and a positive matchup against Aston Villa.

Harry Kane (SHU vs TOT, $13.09) When he scores he can go on hot streaks. Sheffield haven’t yet recovered from the goal that wasn’t. Steven Bergwijn, as an another option, continues to impress and is available for $3.34.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE vs LEI, $12.83) He’s had chances including seven shots with four on target last game. Leicester are very solid in the back, but he’s worth a look.

Jarrod Bowen (WHU vs CHE, $3.34): Bowen is still cheap and putting up points. He hit the post earlier in the week and should have had another assist.

Olivier Giroud (WHU vs CHE, $3.34): Like other teams who play in the FA Cup this weekend, we can’t be sure who will start. Giroud started both games since the restart and scored in one.

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Other notes

Manchester City vs Liverpool — This game just doesn’t have the feel that you would think it should. All the normal players are recommended here as both teams put up serious goals, but with the title race over and City without much to play for the in the league, it just won’t be the same. Manchester City still has two other trophies to play for (FA Cup and Champions League), so I wonder who will play and how much. My bet is that Liverpool will play out the season to beat some records, and playing relaxed could mean extra goals both for and against.

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How conservative or risky are you going to be this week? With so much to play for still (both in Fantasy and the EPL), managers need to find the right combination of players in the rotation! Who are you going with this week?

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